GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #85 - September 16, 2008
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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue may just be one of the most haunted addresses in the world. The White House is not only home to the President and First Family, but also the many ghosts who have been reported throughout the building and the surrounding grounds over the last few centuries. Any of you who have attended my lectures over the years know that this is one of my favorite haunts. And 2008 also marks an election year, which means either Barack Obama or John McCain stand to win the presidency and at least four years of living in a haunted mansion. After years of research, including a trip to Washington, DC, to tour the building and interview some of the staff, I'm proud to announce the imminent release of my new book,
Who's Haunting the White House?
This book is full-color, illustrated, and contains many historic photos and many accounts from employees and residents of this amazing building. With so much history, so many important decisions made under that roof, and a myriad of dignitaries visiting, it's no wonder so many ghostly reports have come from the President's mansion. But is it really haunted? Don't take my word for it. To quote President Harry S Truman, "The place is haunted, sure as shootin'." This month we're going to explore the ghosts of the White House a little deeper and discuss the paranormal and children.
Who's Haunting the White House? is aimed at readers ages 9 and up. I'm using ghosts as an innovative way to teach history. It's my first book for the younger market, and I'm hoping you'll support me on this one as you have with my other books in the past. The book will be released in the first week of October, but it's available for pre-order on Amazon.com right now. Be sure to place your order, or reserve your copy at your favorite local bookseller.
And speaking of kids and ghosts... this month I'm also proud to announce the launch of an entirely new section of our Village:
http://Kids.Ghostvillage.com! This is a first -- an Internet resource specifically designed for kids, parents, and educators on how to broach the subject of ghosts. The site offers a guide to Junior Ghost Hunters, a section to help parents who may be dealing with a haunting and small children under the same roof, and a section for educators who want to incorporate ghosts in the classroom as a learning tool. I hope you'll take a minute to check out the new Web site and share your own experiences. As with everything on Ghostvillage.com, the Kids' section will grow and expand as we move forward.
It's mid-September, which means the busy Halloween season has already started for us here at Ghostvillage.com. In the coming two months, I'll be offering many lectures and will be a guest on quite a few radio and television shows. If you do see me out and about, please don't be shy. Come over and introduce yourself. I love meeting fellow Ghostvillagers and swapping stories.
One last reminder about the paranormal experiences survey we're hosting for Dr. Barry E. Taff, Jack Rourke, Pat Wheelock, and Dr. Andrew Nichols. If you haven't done so already, please take a minute to take the survey:
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This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, Who's Haunting the White House?, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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September 17: Jeff
Belanger at the Hopedale, MA library
September 20: NJGHS
Paranormal Intensive - Hackettstown, NJ
September 21: Haunted
Bachelor's Grove and other locations., The
Unexplained World - Internet radio broadcast., Jeff
Belanger on Psychic Sunday - UK
September 24: Jeff
Belanger on P.I.S.A. Paranormal Radio
September 26: 7th
Annual Mid-South Paranormal Convention - KY, Jeff
Belanger on Contact Talk Radio
September 27: Joliet,
IL; Haunted Locations and Gangster Tour
September 30: Jeff
Belanger on Tuesday After Twilight
October 4: Spirits
Among the Ruins at America's Stonehenge
October 5: The
Unexplained World - Internet Radio Broadcast
October 10: 2008
Valley Paranormal Seminar - Oakhurst, CA
October 13: Jeff
Belanger on Catacomb Paranormal Radio
October 16: Jeff
Belanger -Pollard Memorial Library - Lowell, MA
October 17: 2008
Allegan Paranormal Conference - Michigan
October 19: The
Unexplained World - Internet Radio Broadcast
October 24: Jeff
Belanger on Portal Paranormal Talk Radio
October 25: Jeff
Belanger at the Luna Gallery - N. Conway, NH, All
Hallow Eve Event - Haunted Location / Psychics
October 27: Jeff
Belanger at the Tewksbury, MA Public Library
October 28: Jeff
Belanger at the Bellingham Public Library
October 29: Jeff
Belanger at Millbury Historical Society
October 31: Vortex
Conference in Burlington, WI
November 9: Stanley
Hotel Paranormal Retreat - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
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|Who's Who in the Village?
>>AnnieV<< - member since January 9, 2008
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
Self-employed, small business owner.
What got you interest in the paranormal?
I have been interested in the paranormal for as long as I can remember. Anything mysterious or unknown has always intrigued me. Even as a child, I would have rather read a spooky story about ghosts than one about princesses. I am rather scientific minded, always looking for answers to the "whys" and "hows" of things that happen, especially those things that seem to have no reasonable explanation.
Do you believe children are more prone to having a paranormal experience than adults?
I definitely believe that children are more naturally inclined to experiencing the paranormal, mostly because they have yet to be "taught" the difference between real and imaginary. Part of the process of growing up is learning how to separate truth from fiction, and I have no doubt that somewhere along the way we lose some of the more taboo truths through societal influences and upbringing. In some ways, I suppose we learn to stifle that part of our brain that receives psychic influence and we are thereby less capable of seeing ghosts in our adult years than we were as children.
What was the first scary movie you ever saw?
The first scary movie that I can remember watching was Children of the Corn. I was far too young and shouldn't have been watching a movie like that. I lost a couple nights of sleep.
Our last month's theme was exorcism. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
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Features: Evolution of an Entity by Danielle Lee
Encounters: An Angry Little Girl - Valentine, Nebraska
Features: Into the Abyss: Ancient Rites of Exorcism by Bishop Daniel Garguillio
Features: Dybbuk - Spiritual Possession and Jewish Folklore
Features: Exorcism: Vanquishing Demons
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Magic and the Power of the Goddess by Gareth Knight
Lucifer's Court by Otto Rahn
The World of Shamanism by Roger Walsh
Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting by Christopher Balzano [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
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to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:
Meeting Great Great Gramma - Freeport, Florida
The Man in Mum's House - Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
Haunting at the Silver Queen Hotel - Virginia City, Nevada
My Haunted Childhood - Norfolk, England, UK
An Angry Little Girl - Valentine, Nebraska
The Girl With the Ring - York, England
Oatman Hotel Ghost - Laughlin, Nevada [PIC]
The Falling Lamp - Southampton, England
Laughter on the Spiral Staircase - Springville, New York
I Miss My Dad EVP - Northwest Ohio [EVP]
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From the Desk of Christopher Balzano, Ghostvillage.com News Editor:
One of the deeper questions Jeff Belanger’s new book Who's Haunting the White House? asks us is if any president, or someone running for president, can ever devote serious time to the question of ghosts. People in the paranormal community would applaud the move. These same people feel, despite evidence against it, the American public is ready for a leader who would consider the existence of ghosts. After all, don’t most polls say the majority of the country believes in ghosts, and aren’t the scores of paranormal books out there and the popularity of paranormal reality shows a sign the mood of Americans has shifted? The reality is the ghost community may be living in a bubble, too close to the subject to feel the pulse.
Two new reports from the sociology department out of Baylor University paint a different picture of the issue. Later this week Ghostvillage News will offer an in-depth look at the results of these reports focusing on the connection between spirituality, religion, and the belief in ghosts. While not directly addressing the question of increased belief in the supernatural, in a recent interview the authors, Carson Mencken and Christopher Bader, were able to make some generalizations about a shift in acceptance of ghosts.
While conducting the surveys that produced the raw data they used, they found they still needed to phrase the questions in a broad way and that the average person still cannot make subtle distinctions when it comes to paranormal topics. Their results show there is no trend upward in ghostly belief over the past years. While more people may be open to the idea, it reveals more about general open-mindedness than genuine belief. Believing in ghosts still lies outside the lines of the norm, and until it becomes mainstream it will not be an acceptable alternative for spiritual people.
The windfall of media outlets selling us ghosts may make us feel paranormal ideas are becoming mainstream, but the media is designed to make us feel accepted, or that buying a product will give us the acceptance we crave. According to Dr. Mencken, “I remember there always being supernatural shows on television. There are more shows on, but we also have more channels now. Has the percentage grown?” Reality has replaced drama on television, so true ghost stories are reflections of that trend and not a new dawn for true believers.
Americans will have to wait and see if the media blitz has a lasting effect on the general public.
The rest of this month’s headlines are below:
Why I need a wheelchair for ghostly tours The Norwich 24 Evening News-Norwich, England-September 14, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghouls on film The Daily Echo-Bournemouth, Dorset-September 9, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
MU anthropologist develops new approach to explain religious behavior PHYSORG.com September 9, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Horror Channel comes to Michigan Mlive.com -Ann Arbor, Michigan- September 5, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
School for occult sciences: Supernatural only for the rich? The Daily Times -Lahore, Pakistan- September 3, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Suspects tell police they were looking for Casper Worcester Telegram -Worcester, Massachusetts- September 4, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Tourism trend: Halloween is now its own season The Associated Press via the Mercury News -New York, New York- September 3, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Stay the night, ghost-hunt at the Putnam The Quad-City Times -Davenport, Iowa- August 28, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Scary speakers on the way to Haunted Hickory Paranormal Conference Hickory Daily Record -Hickory, North Carolina- August 27, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost conference planned in West Virginia Associated Press via the Herald Dispatch -Parkersburg, West Virginia- August 26, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Evil spirits possess 25 high school students in Mindoro Inquirer.net -Makati City, Philippines- August 20, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Spooky timing for Olympics photo-finding
Connecticut Post -Stratford, Connecticut- August 19, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting takes a new look at looking for ghosts
Ex-Salem cop finds fulfillment channeling spirit world Boston Herald -Boston, Massachusetts- August 18, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Military wants to study mind-reading Associated Press via CNN.com -Los Angeles, California- August 15, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
The 7th Annual Mid-South Paranormal Convention
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Evolution of an Entity by Danielle Lee - September 12, 2008
Into the Abyss: Ancient Rites of Exorcism by Bishop Daniel Garguillio - September 2, 2008
Lee Prosser and Jill Peacha - by Lee Prosser - September 1, 2008 [COLUMN]
An Open Letter to the Paranormal Community by Peter James Haviland - August 28, 2008
Return to Mystery Hill - Ghost Chronicles - August 20, 2008 [COLUMN]
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
A Haunted Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Bancroft Memorial Library - Hopedale, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM - September 17, 2008
A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Pollard Memorial Library - Lowell, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM - October 16, 2008
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 18, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Luna Gallery - North Conway, New Hampshire - 7:00 PM - October 25, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM - October 27, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Bellingham Public Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM - October 28, 2008
A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Millbury Historical Society - Millbury, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM - October 29, 2008
Stanley Hotel Paranormal Retreat - Estes Park, Colorado - November 9-12, 2008
Queen Mary Conference - Long Beach, California - December 7-10, 2008
Beyond Reality Events: The Mount Washington Hotel Conference - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - April 24-26, 2009
PARACON Canadian-American Paranormal Conference - Sarnia, Ontario, Canada - August 6-7, 2009
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